- Dodsworth (William Wyler)
- End of Summer (Yasujiro Ozu)
- Stromboli (Roberto Rossellini)
- In The Heat Of The Night (Norman Jewison)
- The Graduate (Mike Nichols)
- Days of Being Wild (Wong Kar-wai)
- The Bad Seed (Mervyn Leroy)
- Holy Motors (Leos Carax)
- Across The Pacific (John Huston)
- The Plot Thickens (Ben Holmes)
1- It was interesting revisiting In The Heat Of The Night and The Graduate on the same night on TCM. The latter holds up much better. Both are firmly rooted in a 1960s Zeitgeist, but In The Heat Of The Night achieves a timelessness in the same way The Grapes of Wrath achieves a timelessness while being firmly rooted in the Depression
2- Is it possible that Days of Being Wild is even more exquisite than In The Mood For Love? Maybe. Sure glad I don’t have to choose between them! The nocturnal, triste love episode between cop Andy Lau and distraught Maggie Cheung is one of the most beautiful things I have seen in a long, long time. Xie xie, Wong Kar-wai
3- I always knew about Across The Pacific and wondered why a film with almost the identical creative team as The Maltese Falcon was not more famous. Finally caught up with it last night and I guess the blatant propaganda of the film’s final half weighs down the sexy fun of the first half. Still, see it. It’s a hoot.
4- I curse myself for waiting so long to see Holy Motors. I could have been watching it over and over again all these months, successfully convincing myself that it might just be one of the most spectacular things ever committed to celluloid. But don’t take my word for it. Please read Michael Glover Smith’s lovely review, nay , his lovely paean to this exquisite work. (I sure wish I could write like this! ) Excuse me. I need to go watch Holy Motors again.